Essential oils are a gift to mankind and most people who try have found themselves unable to stop after their very first bottle. In fact, most people end up sharing their love of essential oils to their families and friends. Many are hesitant to use essential oils as a resource for small children but they are actually safe. Just always keep in mind that children are highly delicate. Put your mind at ease with these tips:
- Consumption of essential oils is highly discouraged for children due to the concentrated and powerful nature of most essential oils.
- An ultrasonic diffuser will humidify and infuse the air in spaces your kids frequent (cribs, play areas et cetera). Diffuse fewer drops of essential oil than what is recommended for adults.
- Every new essential oil needs to be diluted heavily before testing on a baby’s leg or arm. The oil is okay to use as long as no reaction occurs after several minutes.
- It is not recommended to add essential oils to baths since these may accidentally be consumed by your baby when water is splashed or swallowed.
- Simply wearing essential oils may help your baby get used to them especially if they have never been exposed to essential oils.
There are no definite rules when it comes to dilution. However, the ratios presented below are good to use as basis when experimenting. The use of a carrier oil with moisturizing properties is highly recommended for nourishing and lessening irritation on babies’ skin. Dilution ratios vary depending on age.
- For ages 0 to 1: 1/8 the labeled concentration
- For ages 2 to 6: 1/4 the labeled concentration
- For ages 7 to 11: 1/2 the labeled concentration
- For ages 12 and above: Full labeled concentration
Essential Oils To Use With Utmost Care
Below is a list of essential oils that babies’ delicate systems may have a hard time handling. Parents often use these oils with caution for newborns:
- Clary Sage
- Idaho Tansy
If you have other questions regarding the use of essential oils for children, please consult your health care professional.